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Cheadle seeks funding for biopic

Don Cheadle has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for his Miles Davis biopic.

The Iron Man star has already raised 58,145 US dollars (£34,699), 18 per cent of his goal, on Indiegogo for Miles Ahead, which would be his directorial debut, reported Variety.

"Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents' Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me; he was someone who only ever followed a path as a runway to create a new one," he explained.

"Surprisingly, Miles' life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honour."

Don continued: "This is a movie I've been working on for many years and is very dear to my heart. Most studios don't make these kinds of movies any more, so we are doing it independently.

"I'm personally putting a big chunk of money into our budget as well as putting all my fees back in. But the extra money we hope to raise on Indiegogo will help us recreate the multiple time periods we're dealing with and with the logistics of incorporating all the music."

Don, who stars in TV drama House Of Lies, has been practising his trumpet skills to portray the jazz musician, with Ewan McGregor cast as a Rolling Stone reporter. Herbie Hancock will be involved in the soundtrack, which could feature the likes of Jay Z, Dr Dre and Nas.

Funders of the campaign, which ends on July 10, can receive updates on the film's development, limited edition artwork, set visits and producing credits.

"We are eager to get the word out about our film and to build a community of people who are just as excited as we are about a Miles Davis movie," Don added.

Kristen Bell, Zach Braff and Spike Lee have all used Kickstarter campaigns to raise funds for their films. Kristen's Veronica Mars movie set a record at 5.7 million US dollars (£3.4 million) in donations.

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